This year began with people wondering how long the Cubs could keep Javier Baez down at Triple-A Iowa.
With an emerging young core and the financial flexibility to make a splash this winter, the Cubs will face expectations next season.
Enough of the Greg Maddux comparisons.
And no, this is not the second coming of Mark Buehrle in Chicago.
It doesn't matter how you define the term "ace." Every good team in baseball needs one.
Can Jake Arrieta be that guy long-term for the Cubs?